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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Has the celebrated musical eclipsed the man himself?
By Friedrich Nietzsche, from Anti-Education, which will be published in November by New York Review Books. The volume gathers five lectures on “the future of our educational institutions” that the…
How college sold its soul to the market
To the long list of American institutions that have withered since the dawn of the 1980s—?journalism, organized labor, mainline Protestantism, small-town merchants—?it may be time to add another: college-level humanities.…
The case against Algebra II
“Life’s prerequisites are courtesy and kindness, the times tables, fractions, percentages, ratios, reading, writing, some history — the rest is gravy, really.”
When math and science rule the school